Extension of Education ARPA Deadline: What Counties Need to Know

The U.S. Department of Education will consider requests from local school districts for an 18-month extension on spending COVID-19 emergency funds. In a May 13 letter, the U.S. Department of Education agreed to consider applications to extend the deadline for LEAs to spend pandemic relief money provided by the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. The ARP ESSER program's goal is to help LEAs “prevent, prepare for, and respond to”…

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Talbot Wins NACo Achievement Award for County Resiliency

Talbot County has won a 2022 NACo Achievement Award in the County Resiliency category. The National Association of Counties (NACo) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2022 Achievement Awards. All winners are available in our searchable awards database, where winning programs are searchable by year, category and state dating back to 2009. Until recently, “resiliency” was a word relegated to spelling bees and college entrance exams. Few people thought about the actual meaning…

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Take the NACo-Pew Questionnaire on County Fiscal Health

The National Association of Counties (NACo), in collaboration with the Pew Charitable Trusts, is conducting a brief (10-minute) questionnaire to glean the impacts of COVID-19 and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on county finances, as well as counties' perception of future fiscal challenges. NACo and Pew will use the information collected to analyze the state of county finances, develop appropriate technical assistance and understand county priorities. Click here to complete the questionnaire. According to NACo: This…

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NACo Webinar: County Initiatives for Suicide Prevention

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, “County Initiatives for Suicide Prevention” on May 16, 3–4 PM EST. Counties across the country are taking a proactive approach regarding suicide awareness and prevention. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on many peoples’ mental health and has exacerbated mental illnesses for those previously diagnosed. Join NACo during Mental Health Awareness Month to hear from counties implementing innovative and supportive programming geared toward…

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New Report Highlights Tremendous Stress on Local Health Departments

On April 28th, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a report entitled, “2020 Forces of Change: The COVID-19 Edition,” detailing several major COVID-related hurdles for local health departments (LHDs). The report details survey results gathered by NACCHO between October 2020 and March 2021 measuring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local public health capacity. Four major findings from the report confirm the many difficulties faced by our LHDs: 51 percent…

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Frederick Provides ARPA Funds for Local Small Nonprofits

As part of its COVID-19 recovery efforts, Frederick County is appropriating $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help small, local nonprofits bounce back from the pandemic. Last week, County Executive Jan Gardner announced the establishment of the ARPA Nonprofit Community Health and Recovery, or ANCHR to help small nonprofit organizations affected by the pandemic via one-time grants. County Executive Gardner set aside $1 million of the County’s ARPA allocation for the grants, which are…

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State Dispenses $200 Million for Affordable Housing

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will administer $200 million in financing tools and new programs to produce more than 6,000 additional rental housing units statewide. The funding announcement comes as several supports addressing housing instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have either expired or are winding down including the statewide eviction moratorium and Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Governor Hogan discussed the importance of the new funding in a press release: “During our administration,…

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Consumer Advisory: Beware of COVID-19 Insurance Scams and Fraud Schemes

The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) is warning Marylanders about an uptick in insurance scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland Insurance Administration is an independent State agency charged with regulating Maryland’s $41 billion insurance industry. According to an MIA consumer alert, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane recently received this text message to her personal cell phone: “This is the Novel Coronavirus insurance service based on the current outbreak. The premium for COVID-19 insurance…

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Baltimore City to Give Young Parents $1,000 per Month

Today, Baltimore City opened applications for its Baltimore Young Families Success Fund (BYFSF), the City's Guaranteed Income pilot program. The program will provide young parents with an unconditional cash payment of $1,000 per month over 24 months to provide financial relief for their families and stabilize their households. Applications close on on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. A randomized lottery will select 200 eligible Baltimore City residents for the BYFSF. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon…

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Webinar: Strengthening America’s Workforce with Recovery Funds

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a May 4 webinar on how counties can use COVID recovery resources for hiring and retention. The May 4 webinar will focus on "how counties are using ARPA dollars to tackle the labor shortage, connecting people to good jobs, expanding childcare services and fostering a strong national workforce that meets the needs of residents through local government service." https://twitter.com/NACoTweets/status/1521151815546511360   Speakers include: Lindsey Graham, Child Care Coordinator,…

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